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J&J to Pay $502M in DePuy Pinnacle Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuits


This is a settlement for the DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit.

Santa Clara, CA: A $502 million verdict has been awarded to five plaintiffs in a bellwether trial concerning Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The jury verdict is for $142 million compensatory and $360 million punitive damages and was reached following 37 days of testimony in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division.

The trial consolidated cases involving five separate plaintiffs who are residents of Texas. The lawsuits, including those of more than 7,000 plaintiffs nationwide in the multidistrict litigation (MDL), claim that the DePuy implants were defective and caused metal debris to enter into patients' bloodstreams, causing severe injuries and sometimes leading to revision surgery.

According to attorneys for the plaintiffs, the evidence in the testimony against J&J was ground breaking, particularly in relation to what, in effect, amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to orthopedic surgeons to use and recommend this product.

Plaintiffs' attorneys also discovered several instances in which physicians lied in medical clinical testing of the devices and forged consent forms for patients who were using the product to lie about the results the patients experienced with the product.

The five cases that were decided today are: Aoki v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:13-cv-01071-K; Christopher v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:14-cv-01994-K; Greer v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:12-cv-01672-K; Klusmann v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:11-cv-02800-K; and Peterson v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:11-cv-01941-K.

The trial outcome is expected to be a significant factor in consideration for a possible settlement program to address the complaints of the remaining plaintiffs with cases involving DePuy Pinnacle, consolidated in the Northern District of Texas (DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244).

The DePuy Pinnacle hip implants have not been recalled. The DePuy Pinnacle implant design predates J&J's Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) metal-on-metal hip device that in 2013 was the focus of a $4 billion settlement with patients who experienced complications with the devices.

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Published on Mar-18-16

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